Microsoft will be taking the carbon neutral route from July this year according to a blog post from Microsoft COO Kevin Turner.
The initiative will apply to “…across all our direct operations including data centers, software development labs, air travel, and office buildings”, with an accountability model being introduced that will hold each Microsoft business unit responsible for their own carbon footprint. A carbon fee will also be put into place for the company’s operations globally.
“The carbon price and charge-back model is designed to provide an economic incentive for business groups across Microsoft to reduce carbon emissions through efficiency measures and increased use of renewable energy. Business operations impacted by the new carbon price include data centers, software development labs, office buildings, and business travel.”